WORDS AND TRUTH

WORDS AND TRUTH

A Poem by alanwgraham
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Read between the lines, always.

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Words are daggers,
to impale nuggets of truth.
Or spades, to bury secrets
in the forests of deceit.
Read the man,
not his words.

© 2020 alanwgraham


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This amazingly brief poem incites a f****n' riot in my heart. I want to spiel, baby! It's so f****n' painful to watch how 40% of this country munches down pure bullshit without questioning it, without asking, where is this person coming from? what does he/she have to gain? what is his/her angle? No, they just respond with pure emotion, gut-level passion for whatever the hell this so-called leader is feeding them. Sorry your lovely poem caused an eruption of s**t over here across the pond, but let's just say things are heating up with the prez election in Nov! You think we're touchy now, just wait until the heat of summer is upon us (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Months Ago

I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about Margie. Ha ha. What is so laughable/frightening.. read more
Wild Rose

1 Month Ago

Hi Margie your president (Not worthy of a capital 'P')
Seems to live in a confusing world of .. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Half the people I went to high school with, who are my Facebook friends & who live in this same area.. read more



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There's wisdom in these here words, Alan! Sadly they seem to be more true now than ever before!

Best, Jamie. x

Posted 20 Hours Ago


This is such a truthful write here, wonderfully said

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

5 Days Ago

Thanks Kay. There is so much fake news today we find it hard learn the truth. I judging the man spea.. read more
This wonderful short poem says a lot Alan. People say things they don't mean; they lie, they cheat, they hate, they can even love and not mean it. A perfect example of deceit, secrets, lies, meaningless words
is our dictator; if you read the man, it's even worse than his words, and that goes for so many people; what they say may not be the persona they really are. "don't judge a book by its cover"... corny but true!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Betty. It has been amazing how many have immediately connected this to Trump although in his .. read more
Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

You’re welcome!
I really enjoyed reading this, in a world where most of the time, I feel, people are in conflict with themselves, words have become just words that people use to get themselves out of tricky situations, people use them to lie to themselves and to others before the truth finally catches up, and even then some, it can become quite difficult to know who a person really is even after spending time with someone, everyone's a good liar I feel! Anyway, top score :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks P. Your review is spot on. The funny thing with Trump is that everyone knows he lies all the .. read more
True read his actions > Does he do as he preaches _ So many dont


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks for your review WR. This poem seems to have stuck a chord.
Take care.
Alan
i do think the words are the man....."i am not a poet, living is the poem" (Melanie Safka)
spades and daggers for sure.
This is so good, alan.
You leave it open for us to dig and stab to find its truth.
j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks Jacob. I don't know about you but I'm finding it hard to focus these days. It's perhaps not t.. read more
Amazing write here!
I wrote similar lines re words as daggers knives 🔪 in my oblivion poem ages ago
I like the shortness abruptness of this short poem
Love the last two lines especially

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks Julie. It seems even more apt in these days. Who can you trust. Don't get me started!
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Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

1 Month Ago

You too thanks Alan
I think that last lines someone wrote before you. I think it was Seneca or Socrates I am not sure.

But you point out what we sometimes missing. So many people will pretend at words how they are humble and brave. But just give them chance to proof it. Some of them will sink down. Short poems can be quiet mind openers.And you did great job. It really give me trigger if I was always honest at my written words. Probably not we often create own facades to cover our weakness and vices. Thanks for great piece.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nexus . . .

2 Months Ago

Well I did same. But I cannot find it too. I am sure I already read it or maybe hear it at some movi.. read more
alanwgraham

2 Months Ago

Ha ha. I'll apply to get it in the dictionary of quotations!
Nexus . . .

2 Months Ago

Ha maybe we should make something like dictionary quotations of writers from writers cafe. Who knows.. read more
Observing the hype surrounding modern times 'fake news' one could be forgiven for imagining it is a fairly recent phenomenon made popular by dear old President Trump. I think Socrates would have a thing or two to say about that.

'Read the man, not the words,' a spot on observation Alan and never more important than in today's increasingly shallow, sound bite world.

Beccy.

PS. I heard the other day that Mark Zukerberg, is having a gender change procedure. Pass it along... :))

Posted 2 Months Ago


0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Months Ago

Thanks for reading and your thoughts. I wrote this a while ago and added the last two lines as they .. read more
I liked the last lines "Read the man, not his words." So many people's words do not match their actions. The really sad thing is when a person lies to themselves. If you really want to be a certain kind of person, live it, don't just say it. Words can lie, action is truth. Great work Alan!

Posted 2 Months Ago



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